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Fiery Washington, D.C. car crash claims life of passenger

A recent fatal motor vehicle accident in Washington, D.C. has claimed a life. The single-vehicle car crash resulted in charges of negligent homicide against the driver, an out-of-state man accused of speeding, among other accusations of reckless behavior. Police responded to the scene of the accident around 3 o'clock in the morning after emergency calls reported the fiery wreck.

According to the investigation to date, the driver was operating the vehicle at high speeds and did not have his car's headlights turned on. Police believe he lost control of the vehicle and drove over a curb at an intersection. The car then struck both a pole and a parked vehicle before it finally came to a stop in the lot of a gas station.

A passerby was able to pull the driver from the vehicle. Tragically, the passenger was apparently trapped inside the car and was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The crash caused a fire, forcing officials to disconnect the nearby fuel pumps.

The fatal accident remains under investigation but the driver is reportedly facing criminal charges in relation to his role in the car crash. These charges could be used as evidence should the family of the deceased passenger decide to explore their options for pursuing a wrongful death civil suit against the man. A Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney with experience in car accident cases could offer advice to them or to any who have been injured or lost a loved one due to another driver's fault or negligence.

Source: Washington, D.C. Patch, "Fiery DC Crash Kills 1, Maryland Man Charged With Negligent Homicide", Cameron Luttrell, Aug. 8, 2017

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